It isn’t a huge surprise, but it is still great news. Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing has landed a North American distribution deal! I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. After The Avengers, he could have pretty much peed on a wall and there would be studios lined up to distribute the film of it.

The smart company in question is Lionsgate’s who picked it up after the screening at the Toronto film festival this week.

The film is being billed as a classic Shakespeare comedy with a contemporary spin. There’s no word on when the film will be released, but I’m hoping that it’s soon.

“I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with The Roadside team,” Whedon said. “That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for Cabin in the Woods shows that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying – I mean working – with.”

Much Ado About Nothing stars a cast made up almost entirely of Joss Whedon Veterans:
Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Amy Acker (Angel, The Cabin in the Woods), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Tom Lenk (Buffy, The Cabin in the Woods) Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Sean Maher (Firefly).